Association of Food Journalists

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Unmasked Leslie Brenner Is Going to Get Really Special Treatment, Says 2009 Leslie Brenner

    Last week, Leslie Brenner, the restaurant critic for The Dallas Morning News, officially gave anonymity the middle finger, publishing an interactive feature on the News' web site complete with portraits and video. In the story and video, Brenner announces that after years of masticating dry-aged ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    If Proof Pantry Really Wanted to Avoid a Morning News Review, its Plan Backfired

    Like everyone else in town, we've told you already about Leslie Brenner's recent visit to Proof Pantry. The dining critic at the Dallas Morning News visited the restaurant last Thursday in preparation for a review, and the meal went as most meals do until owner Michael Martensen raised a stink riv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    You Can Buy a Year's Worth of Post-Apocalypse Food for $10,000, but How Does It Taste?

    I never expected freeze-dried food would cross my path as a food critic. I was in Park City, Utah for this year's Association of Food Journalists conference recently, and food storage was the topic of one of the scheduled discussions. I was hoping the presentation would feature a cute old lady with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Hanna Raskin Bolsters Online Reviewers With Yelp Help

    Fancy yourself a potential power Yelper? A new e-book by Hanna Raskin promises to take your Yelp reviews to the next level. Raskin, who spent time here presiding over City of Ate when it was recognized by the Association of Food Journalists, has just published Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    AFJ Names Three Texas Finalists in Awards Competition

    The Association of Food Journalists has announced the finalists in its annual competition, and Texas fared well. Dallas, Texas, even. Leslie Brenner of The Dallas Morning News was nominated for best newspaper restaurant criticism for her continued coverage of our local restaurant scene. And at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    City of Ate is the First Loser in the Association of Food Journalists Awards

    Scott was really hoping for first place.​The Association of Food Journalists met in South Carolina over the weekend, presumably engaging in heated debates over critic anonymity and restaurant-review waiting periods and whether a large slab of bacon should be carved into Mount Rushmore. (Of cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Food Writers Fret About James Beard's Humor Division

    This week's announcement of James Beard Foundation award nominees triggered another round of hand-wringing among food writers over whether the newly created humor award cheapens culinary journalism. ​The concern was raised yesterday on a listserv maintained by the Association of Food Journali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Imaginary Cheese Cubes Could Help You Lose Weight

    Think about eating this cheese, and you won't want to. Call it the Taco Bell Effect.​A new study showing the benefits of imaginary eating could help explain why few food writers are fat. The research, published in this month's Science and reviewed on the front page of today's New York Times' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Digging the Dirt: Why Hatch Chiles
    Are So Damn Good

    ​For cynics wondering whether the hype surrounding Hatch chiles is justified, here's the Santa Fe School of Cooking's culinary director's take on the pepper: "I'm not saying they're better, but they are to me," Rocky Durham told members of the Association of Food Journalists at a meeting in S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Stereotyping a Dining Scene is Faster,
    But What Do You Miss?

    ​The official participant packet for the Association of Food Journalists' annual conference in Santa Fe this week includes a list of restaurant suggestions to supplement the included meals from more than a dozen local eateries. All of them specialize in chiles and blue corn. That makes sense, ... More >>

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    We Hate Your Guts

    What a disturbing new lawsuit says about the county jail

  • Dining

    March 24, 2005


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